| Governor DeWine Outlines Responsible RestartOhio This week, Governor Mike DeWine announced the Responsible RestartOhio effort, and the Development Services Agency is uniquely positioned to be a leading advocate to strike the right balance between the health of Ohio businesses and Ohio communities. The programs we administer assist business, communities, and individuals. The Administration’s plan will responsibly restart Ohio’s economy during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Here are key points: Beginning Friday, May 1, all medically necessary procedures that do not require an overnight stay in a health care facility or do not require inpatient hospital admission and minimizes use of personal protective equipment may move forward. |
Beginning Monday, May 4, manufacturing, distribution, construction, and general office environments may reopen if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. These businesses are allowed to open, but they are urged to have employees work from home whenever possible.
Beginning Tuesday, May 12, consumer, retail and services, may reopen if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. Governor DeWine also announced he is forming advisory groups to develop best practices for the reopening of several industries that include dine-in restaurants, barbershops and hair salons, libraries, travel and tourism destinations, sports facilities, outdoor recreation locations, gyms, theaters, and childcare centers. The goal is to develop recommendations for these businesses that balance the need to protect the health of employees and their customers.
For more information about Responsible RestartOhio, visit Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov.
Governor DeWine today announced that the Ohio Department of Health has issued a “Stay Safe Ohio Order.” The new order, which incorporates the openings of businesses and services announced as part of the Responsible RestartOhio plan, will replace the previous “Stay at Home” order, which expires at 11:59 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Office of Small Business Relief’s website – Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/BusinessHelp – is attracting significant traffic. Since the website was launched on April 8, the site has had more than 22,000 visits and more than 25,000 pageviews. The Business Services Division team assigned to the Office has responded to 8,484 emails to BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.Gov, and 573 phone calls have been received at 1-833-BIZHELP.
| We’re Helping Businesses Get Assistance Ohio’s small businesses are experiencing significant challenges and frustrations as a result of COVID-19, but the businesses that have reached out to Ohio Small Business Development Centers are finding the help they need. The Ohio SBDC regularly surveys clients who have utilized the services offered by the trained advisors who staff the centers. In the past two months, the Ohio Small Business Development Centers received their highest rating on their client satisfaction survey since it was launched in 2016. Between March 1 and April 22, 470 small business respondents gave the program a 99.2 percent satisfaction rating with 82 percent of clients giving the program the highest possible rating of “Extremely Satisfied.” While this is just a small sample of the businesses that have received support through the Ohio SBDC, the survey results show the effectiveness of services being provided by our partners around the state. Your small business also can benefit from SBDC services. |
To learn more, visit SBDC.Development.Ohio.Gov.
The Development Services Agency also offers other business assistance programs:
Minority Business Assistance Centers: Minority.Ohio.Gov.
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers: Find.GovContracts.Ohio.Gov. Manufacturing Extension Partnership: MEP.Development.Ohio.Gov.
Export Assistance Network: ExportAssistance.Development.Ohio.Gov.
Entrepreneurial Services Provider Program: ESP.Development.Ohio.Gov.
| Federal Loan Programs Reopen Following approval by Congress and the president, the federal Paycheck Protection Program reopened this week. |
Ohio businesses can find a local lender to apply for the program at SBA.gov/PaycheckProtection. During the first round of funding, Ohio businesses were approved for nearly 60,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans totaling more than $14 billion, seventh highest in the country for both the number awarded and for funding. Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program – Ohio companies have been approved for nearly 900 loans totaling almost $180 million, through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. That’s seventh highest in the country for both the number awarded and for funding. Additionally, Ohio businesses have received 17,844 disaster loan advances totaling more than $80 million.
| Webinar Series Helps Government Contracts During Crisis The Ohio Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is continuing its “Managing Through the Crisis” webinar series. Development’s PTACs across the state help businesses bid on and win contracts with federal, state, and local governments. The series, organized by the Ohio University PTAC, started in March with COVID-19 Procurement Opportunities: COVID-19 procurement resources for government contractors. That was followed by COVID-19 Considerations for Federal Contractors, and this week, the series focused on Ohio Business Certification Programs. Upcoming webinars are: |
May 7: Cyber Security: This training will emphasize how to guard against low-tech penetration methods, such as tailgating, badge copying and USB dropping through continuous monitoring training and vigilance.
May 14: Take Your Business Online: Learn why this is important and what platforms are best for your business.
May 21: Beta.SAM.GOV: The General Service Administration is consolidating seven federal legacy systems and is combining them into a single platform. Learn about how this will impact your business. For more information and to register for upcoming webinars, click here.
|Success Story Nanofiber Solutions Shifts from Organ Healing to Air Filtration in Response to COVID-19 Nanofiber Solutions focuses its energy on the regenerative power of nanofiber technology, manufacturing tech that saves lives and supports research efforts. But in the midst of a global pandemic, the company’s priorities have shifted on a dime. In mid-March, CEO and founder Ross Kayuha was watching one of Governor Mike DeWine’s daily broadcasts on the coronavirus and realized that it was his company’s turn to step up. The company decided to shift its entire manufacturing process to create the filters, which are in dire need in hospitals. Now, instead of products that allow the body to heal organs and tissues, they’re in the process of building an entirely new type of technology — the much-needed filter. Shortly after deciding to dip their toes into the new approach, Kayuha said his team began realizing that the project was going to be far more than just a brief supplement to their manufacturing. The team is still working through the approval and partnership process but expects to start producing and distributing the filters soon, becoming one of the many Ohio companies to use innovation to fight back against coronavirus. One lesson Kayuha has learned since the pandemic began is how deep Ohio’s business connections run. Since he and Nanofiber Solutions got involved, he said he has found plenty of new connections, and all of them have the best intentions in mind. For more on the Nanofiber Solutions story and to watch a video, click here.|
|We’re Pushing News and Information on Social Media Development also is using its social media channels to raise awareness of programs and assistance available through the state and federal governments. We also are urging small businesses to reach out to Ohio Small Business Development Centers and Minority Business Assistance Centers around the state for help in applying for federal assistance and to plan for the future. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.|
|For more information Visit Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov/BusinessHelp or email BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.Gov.|